Egypt Independent

Court postpones decision on appeal against Mubarak acquittal



The Court of Cassation adjourned on Thursday the verdict regarding an appeal filed by the prosecution against the acquittal of former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, as well as six formeer security officers, to 4 June.
 
The defendants had been cleared of all charges related to corruption and the killing of protesters during the 25 January revolution. Hosni Mubarak was acquitted on 29 November by Cairo Criminal Court.
 
Judge Anwar Gabry said he would allow the defendants' lawyer to present his arguments, although it violates the customary procedures.
 
The civil defense lawyer asked to submit a memorandum to the court, but Gabry rejected it, saying the case was not a civil suit or a political trial.
 
The defendants' lawyer, Farid al-Deeb demanded the rejection of the prosecution's appeal against the defendants acquittal, pointing to procedural mistakes in the appeal documentation, such as lacking the defendants' names and the name of the court which acquitted them.
 
Cairo Criminal Court had studied the case well before proceeding to acquit the defendants, he argued.
 
Hosni Mubarak was accused of abuse of power and corruption, in the form of Sharm el-Sheikh villas received from businessman Hussein Salem in 1997 and 1998, as well as of ordering the killing of protesters during the 25 January uprising.
 
The court session was followed by clashes between one of the lawyers and the supporters of former president Mubarak, prompting the court's security to intervene.